to notify to them in form our victory over them, and for Bussy * to have civil letters of congratulation—'tis so well-bred an age!
I must tell you a Ion-mot of Winnington. I was at dinner with him and Lord Lincoln and Lord Stafford last week, and it happened to be a maigre-day, of which Stafford was talking, though, you may believe, without any scruples: ' Damn it,' said Winnington, ' what a religion is yours! they let you eat nothing, and yet make you swallow everything !'
My dear child, you will think, when I am going to give you a new commission, that I ought to remember those you give me. Indeed I have not forgot one, though I know not how to execute them. The Life of King Theodore is too big to send but by a messenger; by the first that goes you shall have it. For cobolt and zingho, your brother and I have made all inquiries, but almost in vain, except that one person has told him that there is some such thing in Lancashire: I have written thither to inquire. Tor the tea-trees, it is my brother's fault, whom I desired, as he is at Chelsea, to get some from the Physic Garden: he forgot it; but now I am in town myself, if possible, you shall have some seed. After this, I still know not how to give you a commission, for you over-execute; but upon conditions uninfringeable, I will give you one. I have begun to collect drawings: now, if you will at any time buy me any that you meet with at reasonable rates, for I will not give great prices, I shall be much obliged to you. I would not have above one, to be sure, of any of the Florentine school, nor above one of any master after the immediate scholars of Carlo Marafcti. For the Bolognese school, I care not how many ; though I fear they will be too dear. But Mr. Chute
4 Mr. Thompson and the Abb6 de Bussy were the English and French Besidenta. Watypole.